Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé (Is Avocado Eco-Friendly?)

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Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé makes a very special south-of-the-border breakfast or snack.

Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé makes a very special south-of-the-border breakfast or snack.

So, here’s the thing: people LOVE avocado. Because avocado is delicious, healthy, and versatile. It’s possibly one of my favorite foods, I enjoy avocado very regularly, and it has that magical capability to elevate even the simplest meal to something very special:

 

 

I created this recipe for Egg-Stuffed Avocados Olé with (what I think is) some south-of-the-border flair as a festive Cinco de Mayo breakfast idea, and as a tribute to the precious treasure that is the avocado. Because with all of this avocado lovin’ going on, I wondered how this was impacting global avocado supply (because of course I did ) and there are some eco-conscious complications for everyone’s favorite creamy green toast topper.

Since I live in San Francisco, I’m intimately aware of the recent California drought, and I know it impacted California avocado production. Did you know it takes 74 gallons of water to grow a pound of avocados, as compared to a crop like tomatoes, which takes only 10 gallons per pound. The 2017 California avocado crop is estimated at approximately half the size as last year’s. Although some California avocado growers are experimenting with techniques such as high-density planting to make their production more efficient, it takes 2.6x the global average amount of water (28.4 gallons per pound of avocados) to grow the crop in California.

Stehly Farms Organics in San Diego County is using half as much water to yield twice as much fruit using a high-density planting technique developed by the University of California. (Credit: Whole Foods)

Stehly Farms Organics in San Diego County is using half as much water to yield twice as much fruit using a high-density planting technique developed by the University of California. (Image credit: Whole Foods)

Perhaps Mexican avocado production has ramped to meet soaring demand without too much damage to the environment? But a quick Google search reveals bad news: rising avocado prices are fueling illegal deforestation in Mexico, starting a cascade of environmental consequences. Could avocados become the next palm oil, resulting in mass deforestation, habitat loss, and release of damaging greenhouse gasses? Should we be treating them as a delicacy rather than an everyday food? According to Greenpeace Mexico:

The aggressive advance of the agricultural frontier at the expense of forests has been driven by the high demand and the high price of avocado at the national and international level. The contradiction between the public policies associated with the forestry sector and land use have weakened local government institutions and permit the fragmentation and privatization of common property forest land.

An avocado harvest is collected in Michoacán, the only Mexican state authorized to export the fruit to the United States. A mature avocado orchard uses almost twice as much water as fairly dense forest, meaning less water reaches Michoacán's legendary crystalline mountain streams on which trees and animals in the forests depend. (Credit: Naples Herald)

An avocado harvest is collected in Michoacán, the only Mexican state authorized to export the fruit to the United States. A mature avocado orchard uses almost twice as much water as fairly dense forest, meaning less water reaches Michoacán’s legendary crystalline mountain streams on which trees and animals in the forests depend. (Image credit: Naples Herald)

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As conscious consumers, we play a part in what happens to our little green gem of a planet daily through our food choices. There are no easy answers here, especially where avocado is concerned. So let’s treasure them, friends. Eat avocados as a treat, and in celebration, but understand that they have an impact on our environment, whether grown locally or in other countries.

Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé is eggs baked in an avocado and topped with salsa, queso fresco, cilantro, red chili flakes, jalapeño... even a dash of lime!

I hope you enjoy this Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé recipe for Cinco de Mayo or any other extra-special breakfast.

Shout-out to The Healthy Foodie and her method for baking eggs in avocados without over-cooking the yolks! I used a modified version of the technique for this recipe and cooked the egg-stuffed avocados in a small but mighty toaster oven instead of on the stovetop as The Healthy Foodie recommends or in a full-size oven. 

Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé is eggs baked in an avocado and topped with salsa, queso fresco, cilantro, red chili flakes, jalapeño... even a dash of lime!

Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé

PinShareTweet705 Shares So, here’s the thing: people LOVE avocado. Because avocado is delicious, healthy, and versatile. It’s possibly one of my favorite foods, I enjoy avocado very regularly, and it has that magical capability to elevate even the simplest meal to something very special:   I’m much more conscious of food waste after Natural Resources Defense Council scientist @dana.gunders sounded the alarm that as much as 40% of U.S. food… Climate Change Impact Egg-Stuffed Avocado Olé (Is Avocado Eco-Friendly?) European
Serves: 1 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
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Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 spoonfuls of salsa
  • 1 small jalapeño, sliced
  • Sprinkle of queso fresco
  • Red chili flakes
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425° F. Slice the avocado in half, compost the pit. Scoop out a bit of the avocado to make a larger and deeper cavity (to hold the eggs).
  2. Crack an egg over a measuring cup with a spout or something similar. Cradle the egg yolk gently in one-half of the egg shell, while letting the egg whites drain down into the measuring cup. The goal is to separate the egg whites from the yolk, it may be necessary to gently disconnect some of the egg whites from the yolk with your fingers. Gently tip the yolk, being careful not to break it, into a shot glass or other very small cup. Repeat the process of separating the yolk from the whites with a second egg, combining the whites but keeping the two yolks apart.
  3. Gently whisk the egg whites, to break them up, then carefully divide them between the two avocado halves. Depending on the side of your eggs and avocados, you may have too much egg whites for your avocado halves. If the avocados are almost filled and you have excess egg whites, set them aside for another use (do not over-fill the avocados).
  4. Place the avocado halves on a baking sheet, making sure they’re level. It may be necessary to insert some folded parchment paper or other oven-safe material under the tips of the avocado halves to level them. Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20 minutes until the whites are firm.
  5. Remove the avocado halves from the oven and gently tip one yolk onto each of them (use a spoon to steady the yolk on the surface of the avocado and position it, if necessary). Return the avocado halves to the oven for an additional 5 minutes, maximum, to cook the yolks slightly while still keeping them runny.
  6. Transfer the avocado to a plate, and top with salsa, queso fresco, cilantro, red chili flakes, jalapeño, and salt and pepper. Serve warm.

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27 comments

Allison Wojtowecz April 24, 2017 - 3:16 pm

I’ve been wondering about how eco-friendly avocados are lately, too! Thanks for talking about it. And those yolks… good lord, YUM!

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 24, 2017 - 6:02 pm

Yes, since avocados are so wildly popular it made me wonder…

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Renee April 24, 2017 - 11:39 pm

Oh dear. We eat avos so much around here. Especially myself having to give up eggs – they have truly taken the place of my breakfast eggs most mornings. I will have to re-think that – I sure do savor every bite though! Living in Michigan with abundant water literally 5 minutes from me at Lake Michigan, I forget what it is like for those living in drought stricken areas like CA. Thank you for keeping us all mindful!

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 26, 2017 - 12:20 am

That’s very difficult, not having eggs for a breakfast option! Well, savoring every bite is definitely one of the ways in which we can behave more sustainably with avocados.

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Michele Spring April 25, 2017 - 9:19 pm

Perfect way to showcase the avocado in this dish so that we do treasure them. Though with the rising prices I have been treasuring them even more anyway, so maybe rising prices is one way to help us all really take a second look and make sure what we are getting isn’t hurting the environment. Thanks for your informative articles as usual.

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Fresh Planet Flavor April 26, 2017 - 12:21 am

TRUTH. I have winced at the price of avocados and passed them by more times than I can count already this year.

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Kari Peters April 26, 2017 - 3:13 pm

Thanks for such a great article, I had no idea, but I’ll definitely be aware that they’re a treat moving forward!

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Irena Macri April 26, 2017 - 3:50 pm

You might be the queen of stuffed avocados! As always, I appreciate your recipes because I learn so much about food and sustainability. Thanks for this recipe and info! So important and equally as delicious 😉

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Katja April 27, 2017 - 3:03 am

Thanks for being such an advocate for conscious food choices!!

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Georgina Young April 27, 2017 - 4:07 pm

I love that you not only create gorgeous looking recipes but you also put so much thought into where food has come from and the impact it has upon the environment. I hate to admit it but I’m incredibly useless when it comes to stuff like this and had no idea about illegal deforestation so I’m gonna have to pay attention to where I’m getting my avos from!

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Stacey Crawford April 27, 2017 - 5:16 pm

Thanks for the important avocado info. I had no idea. I only buy them occasionally, because of the high price, but now there are more concerns. Those Egg stuffed avocados look incredible! The yolks are lovely!

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Cristina Curp April 28, 2017 - 4:20 am

I’m lucky to live where avocados are abundant. Most folks have trees in their yard! You sure know how to make the best of these green gems!

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Emily Recipes to Nourish April 28, 2017 - 4:24 pm

Whoa. These look amazing! My husband and youngest would go crazy for them. Love all of that spicy heat!

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Jessica DeMay April 28, 2017 - 7:51 pm

Your pictures are always stunning and these stuffed avocados look so amazing! I love all the info you shared- I did not know all that about avocados, but it’s not surprising considering how popular they are. I will definitely be more conscious when buying them.

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ChihYu April 29, 2017 - 2:56 am

You put two of my most favorite thing in the world together in my delicious morsel bite !! I am totally going to try this recipe ! YUM !

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Vanessa Woozley April 29, 2017 - 8:37 pm

Love this recipe, the flavours are fab! I’m certainly going to think about how many avocados I eat more too..

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Real Food with Dana April 30, 2017 - 12:27 pm

Holy wow YES. Alllll the goodies in here, and that yolk! I had no idea avocado orchards use twice as much water as a dense forest!!

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Fresh Planet Flavor May 1, 2017 - 3:08 am

So thirsty! Plus, not much use as habitat…

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Taesha April 30, 2017 - 10:28 pm

Wow. I had no idea about this issue! Thank you for shining light on it and provoking some true food for thought.

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Carrie Forrest May 1, 2017 - 1:24 am

This looks SO good! I love anything avocado.

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Amy May 1, 2017 - 1:57 am

These look amazing, and definitely checking out that method for cooking eggs in avocados. I am so bummed to hear about avocados and their impact on the environment. I eat them every day. YIKES!!!!

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Fresh Planet Flavor May 1, 2017 - 3:07 am

Yes, avocados are becoming big (and unethical) business! :'(

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Becky Winkler May 3, 2017 - 12:30 am

So interesting! I didn’t realize avocados required so much water.

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Fresh Planet Flavor May 3, 2017 - 11:18 pm

Yes, their luscious deliciousness comes at a price!

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Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving August 29, 2017 - 4:15 pm

I had no idea avocados used so much water. I love your solution of eating them in moderation and this recipe LOOKS AMAZING! I never would have thought to add jalapenos.

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Danee February 6, 2018 - 8:47 pm

Some of you might wince at this, but twice upon a time I lived in houses with a green toilet (a green toilet is not hooked up to water mains, it uses gravity to pull the waste down a hill and away from the house normally to a cacti and the biggest loveliest avocado trees near the outake of our household waste. Paper never goes into a “green” toilet, it gets collected in a bin which was pretty much our only household waste, everything else is recycled here, dirty side down is the system my Canadian husband and I came to without ever having talked about it.) We live in Spain but come from California. Spaniards will ask me (as recently as 2 weeks ago when I flew back from the UK) why I’m not still in California, the climate to southern California is similar but I’ve learned so much here in how to do things on my own, bake my own bread from captured yeast (it’s in the air!) find, cook and eat eggs that free roaming chickens left in my garden, grow my own fruit and herbs from seed that I’ve collected myself!

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Fresh Planet Flavor February 13, 2018 - 2:09 am

Sound dreamy!

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